A recovering academic, J. David Bell has published numerous works of short fiction and creative nonfiction in such journals as Permafrost, Queen City Review, Snowy Egret, and A cappella Zoo. bellinsaitz@verizon.net

Alyse Bensel is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Penn State. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in MAYDAY Magazine, Cider Press Review, Foothill Poetry, and The Meadowland Review, among others. When not engaged in her studies, she volunteers at non-profit organizations and works for a local CSA. alyse.bensel@gmail.com

Antoinette Constable was a child during WWII in France. She possesses British and American nursing degrees and prefers writing in English, often using Europe as a background for her short stories and her war poems. Those and others are found in several magazines. She has received a PEN first prize for poetry, an Ann Stanford Award—Univerity of Southern California, and was recently awarded a month-long stay at a writers colony in Northern California. aconstable1932@nitsujit.com

Peter Kispert's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Baltimore Review, PANK, Painted Bride Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Sierra Nevada Review, North Chicago Review, and others. He will soon be headed to earn his master's degree in fiction writing. www.peterkispert.com

Recent books from Lyn Lifshin include The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian (Texas Review Press) and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me (Black Sparrow at Godine). Earlier books include Cold Comfort; Before It's Light, Desire, and 92 Rapple. She has published more than 120 books and edited four anthologies. www.lynlifshin.com

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, The Summerset Review, and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities" and a complete bibliography, visit www.simonperchik.com

Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based poet, has published poems in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia in such diverse journals as International Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Shi Chao Poetry, Spoon River Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Christianity and Literature. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Her books include The Other Side of Thunder, Jumping Off the Train, Chasing the Saints, and To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn. donnapuccianipoet.wordpress.com

Nevine Sultan grew up in various countries of the Middle East and Asia. In her mid-teens, she returned home to Cairo, Egypt, for a while before moving to Europe and then the United States, where she and her husband currently live. Her work has appeared in Rose and Thorn Journal, The Copperfield Review, the Notes from Underground Anthology, and Yellow Medicine Review. Her poem, "Freefalling," was used as the background text of an original video production by The National Film School of Denmark. She blogs at Dreams, Deliriums, and Other Mind Talk. nevine-sultan.blogspot.com

A summer resident of the mountains of North Carolina, Ken Turner has been working and traveling outside of the US for nearly twenty years. He has taught in Congo, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Venezuela, and currently China. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including Atlanta Review, Southern Poetry Review, Fine Madness, Silk Road, The Literary Bohemian, and several anthologies. The image accompanying his poetry was provided by him. kenturner54@gmail.com

Sara Whitestone teaches writing at Shenandoah University to international students. In return they introduce her to the mysteries of the world. Her creative non-fiction, interviews, and prose-poetry have appeared, or are forthcoming, in the Essential Teacher, Humanising Language Teaching, the Chiron Review, and the North Carolina Literary Review. She discovers writing through travel. Her current works-in-progress are a novel that explores opportunity borne out of misstep and a fictionalized war thriller inspired by true events. sarawhitestone.com